How to use Fixatives


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In drawing, a fixative is a liquid, similar to varnish, which is usually sprayed over a finished piece of artwork, usually a dry media artwork, to better preserve it and prevent smudging.

THE APPLICATION IS EASY AND REQUIRES ABOUT 5 MINUTES TO DO.

• Select a well-ventilated location away from other people – do not spray indoors.
• Always test fixative to see how the product affects your particular paper and drawing medium, before applying to finished work.
• Use a soft brush to flick away any large loose particles on the drawing before fixation.
• Stand about a metre away and spray in smooth continuous horizontal strokes, going a little past the edge of the picture.
• Ensure that each stroke down meets the previous one.
• Do not hold the can too close; aim for a light mist that require two to three coats rather than one single coat.
• Allow the drawing to dry.
• Apply a second coat, working in a vertical motion this time, and allow to dry completely.
• Turn the can of fixative upside down and spray briefly to clear the nozzle. Replace cap and store out of reach of children.